Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka reaffirmed this morning the casting of secret ballots by the Trumbull Democratic Central Committee on Saturday.
The committee used secret ballots in the process that led to the choice of Mauro Cantalamessa as interim county commissioner, to replace Paul Heltzel, who recently died in office, for the rest of this year.
Cantalamessa, who was later affirmed in a public voice vote, will be the Democratic candidate on the Nov. 4 ballot to complete Heltzel’s term, which ends in January 2017.
State Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said he’ll seek Polivka’s ouster as Trumbull party chairman if he won’t conduct a public re-vote because, he said, secret ballots violate the party’s state and national bylaws.
“The inherent right of a secret ballot and basic principles of American democracy, such as due process, can neither be denied nor abolished,” said Polivka, who is also a Trumbull County commisioner. “To Mr. Redfern, ‘Take your best shot. I’m not going anywhere,’” Polivka said in a news conference today.